The event took place on Tuesday 24 November 2015. The presenter was Louise Emma Potter. I could not attend the webinar and watched the recording.
What the presenter focussed on
Technology is now part of our daily life and we work, live, traveland study thanks to the use of modern technology. Technology is now used for socializing too. The issue discussed by the presenter was that today we still teach in the old way but in real life we use technology. This happens in spite of the fact that our world has changed in the last 20 years and our students use technology more than we do. Teachers have to change their way of thinking!
Today we have different students: they are twenty-first century students. They have to use presentation skills, to have critical skills. Also education needs changing.
Some key ideas expressed by the presenter: there is a difference between USING TECHNOLOGY and INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY, which takes into consideration the active learners and what they do at school. This is an interesting comparison presented by Louise Emma Potter: the students are " active learners" when we integrate technology into our teaching.
What is really important is having students who are inquisitive, open-minded and flexible. They know how to work and how to think. Creativity is also important in schools, often we face students who are scared. Communication is really important. Collaboration and how we work are more and more important.
She has shared her ideas about Project Based Learning which can offer very engaging activities.
Personally I would like to work on PBL but I am also aware of the great changes we should work on. teachers, students and also the learning environment.
What she says is interesting and I agree teachers need to collaborate, work on self-development and be less teacher-centred.
Like other teachers and presenters in webinars she thinks that teachers need to be connected and share more and more what they are learning and experiencing. A lot of EFL teachers are still working and are aware of this.In one webinar the name of Shelly Sanchez Terrell was mentioned as a great innovator. There are a lot of innovators today.
The webinar has presented most of the ideas which have been shared by other presenters and I agree that when teaching we must go beyond " grammar and lexis" and think more about the importance of cultural issues, digital skills and 21st-century skills.
To the next webinar.....................................................................................